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Monday, December 10, 2012

Update 12/11/12: Apple pushed out an update on 12/10/12:

In response to the warning, Apple pushed out an update to Maps earlier today that has Mildura in its correct location. Presently, it is being reported by the Guardian that Apple Maps still lists another Mildura as being located near the park, but that the false city isn’t displayed in searches. The problem originated in September.

- SlashGear

--- original post 12/10/12 ----

Victoria Police yesterday urged motorists not to rely on the mapping system on Apple iPhones running the latest iOS 6 system after a number of motorists were directed off the highway in the past three weeks and stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water. ...Tests by police confirmed the mapping systems listed Mildura in the middle of the park, about 70km from the actual location of the city [Mildura].

Now, that happens quite a bit with other mapping systems, too. Further, it's hard to imagine iPhone users were not aware of the issues raised regarding the accuracy of the new Maps app.

Sergeant Tony Keely of Ouyen, the next centre south of Mildura, said a number of motorists had turned off "perfectly good bitumen roads to follow their phones up sandy tracks into the scrub" before realising something was amiss.

The police have contacted Apple (with no reply to date). Perhaps the police need to highlight common sense and personal responsibility, as well as pointing out what the tech press have for many weeks?

- The Australian

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/10 at 06:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Two Wisconsin inventors have developed and successfully patented CrimeAware™, a product that provides real-time crime data on web-connected smartphones and GPS units.

The patent, 8290705 is titled Mobile navigation system with graphic crime-risk display. Here's the abstract:

A navigation system for mobile use includes street map data used for creating a dynamic map display tracking movement of the vehicle and includes crime data used to provide an overlay on the dynamic display indicating a risk of crime to the vehicle's occupants from the surrounding area. Crime data may be harvested from police websites and/or generated using statistical correlation techniques from other proxy information. Presented crime data indicate crime risk, type of crime, crime date or time of occurrence, and linkage to environmental conditions such as type of weather, temperature, and moonlight.

Remember the big kerfuffle when Microsoft got a patent last January for "safe routing" for walking directions? (APB coverage). I wonder if this will prompt the same response.

- press release


by Adena Schutzberg on 12/10 at 06:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The eight careers were determined by Yahoo!. They are based on results from the Occupational Information Network, aka O*Net, that monitors trends for the most promising upcoming careers.

I pulled out these four as needing geospatial skills; Yahoo didn't do that part.

Precision Agriculture Technician - This person helps farmers understand how much water or pesticides to use and where the best location to plant crops by using GPS and GIS technology. The projected job growth for this position between 2010 and 2020 is between 10 and 19 percent. The median salary is $43,000.

Logistics Analyst - By using advanced RFID tagging technology, a logistics analyst examines the process of product delivery. This career is on the fast-track for growth, as much as 28 percent by 2020. The median salary is slightly less than $72,000.

Biostatistician -Biostatisticians keep an eye out for patterns of disease emergence and persistence. The projected job growth for a biostatistician is between 10 and 19 percent from 2010 to 2020. The median salary in 2011 was $74,000.

Environmental Economist - In this job, you'll be able to protect the environment by researching the economic impact of policy decisions relating to air, water, land and renewable-energy resources. Most environmental economists have a master's degree or a doctorate. This is a high-earning job as the median salary in 2011 was $90,550.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/10 at 04:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Back in July, once we learned that Apple had taken public transit directions out of its mapping app, the folks at OpenPlans launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund and open source public transit solution:

With the announcement of iOS version 6, Apple has dropped Google Maps and with it, previously built-in support for travel directions via public transit.

With your support, OpenTripPlanner Mobile, an open source application developed by OpenPlans will put transit back on the iPhone. Initially, we will offer coverage for almost all transit systems in North America (see coverage details below).

The required $25k in funding was collected by August and the team set to work. Joyride is in a solid beta as of November (source code). But last Friday came word the Joyride project is to be ended and money refunded. Why?

Despite the successes so far, we’re stopping work on Joyride, and refunding you. Here’s why: the trip planning in Joyride depends on up to date, accurate transit data, which we assemble from open data feeds provided by hundreds of individual transit operators. In the new year, the OpenTripPlanner team is spinning out from OpenPlans. With their departure, we won’t have the capacity here to keep the app up to date, and we’re not prepared to launch without being certain we can offer a viable ongoing service that people can depend on for their daily travel needs.

The open source project is still available and others have already built apps (including for iOS,  The Transit App and Moovit) on the underlying OpenTripPlanner project.

via @cageyjames

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/10 at 03:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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